BMW and Toyota Agree to Mid-to-long-term Research Collaboration in Environment-friendly Technologies

News | December 1st, 2011 by 12
Toyota BMW BMW and Toyota Agree to Mid to long term Research Collaboration in Environment friendly Technologies

BMW Group to Supply 1.6L and 2.0L BMW Fuel Efficient Diesel Engines to Toyota Motor BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announce that they …

BMW Group to Supply 1.6L and 2.0L BMW Fuel Efficient Diesel Engines to Toyota Motor

BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announce that they today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) concerning a mid-to-long-term collaboration on next-generation environment-friendly technologies.

Under the MOU, the two companies agreed on a collaborative research in the field of next-generation lithium-ion battery technologies. Furthermore, they have agreed to identify and discuss other possible collaborative projects.

Toyota BMW BMW and Toyota Agree to Mid to long term Research Collaboration in Environment friendly Technologies

In addition, Toyota Motor Europe (TME), TMC’s European subsidiary, and BMW Group have entered into a contract under which BMW Group is to supply 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter diesel engines to TME starting in 2014. The engines will be installed in certain Toyota-produced vehicles planned for sale in the European market. Through this agreement, Toyota plans to expand its European lineup and sales of fuel-efficient, low CO2-emission diesel-powered vehicles.

Marking the announcement, Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, said: “Toyota is the leading provider of environment-friendly series technology in the volume segment and the BMW Group is the most innovative and sustainable manufacturer of premium automobiles. We are now joining forces to further develop environment-friendly technologies and to expand our innovation leadership in each of our segments. Supplying Toyota with our fuel efficient and dynamic diesel engines represents another important step in the planned expansion of our sales activities for engines and powertrain systems.”

Representing TMC, President Akio Toyoda said: “It is a great joy and a thrill to enter into this mid-to-long-term collaborative relationship with BMW, a company with its own culture and history from its many years of car manufacturing in Europe, and a company that makes cars that are fun to drive. In the spirit of contributing to furthering the development of the auto industry and society, both companies will bring their wide-ranging knowledge – starting with that concerning environmental technologies – to the table and make ever-better cars.”

  • Manny Antunes

    My 2 favorite brands collaborating. Only good can come from this partnership!

  • Mateo

    I didn’t knew that bmw have 1.6L diesel engine

    • Arwar

      for mini ;)

      • StraightSix

        No, 116d and 316d as well

        • Mateo

          NO! BMW have N47 diesel and it’s only 2.0 liter, old M47 is also 2.0 liter.

          this diesel in mini is i think from PSA/Ford

          • StraightSix

            You are mistaken. 16d is BMW engine, 1,6i is made with colaboration with PSA.

          • Mateo

            do you have any proof? 1.6l diesel by bmw does not exist as far as i know!

          • StraightSix

            Where you from? USA? Then it’s obvious you don’t get diesel offers, especially not entry level.

            http://www.rpmgo.com/cars/d/49548-4/bmw_116d_test_drive038.jpg

  • M3power

    I don’t think it will work out. BMW and Toyota has very different cultures and mode of management. 

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